The Cleveland Storyteller Promotes Cleveland with New, Entertaining Stories of the City’s History

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Stories you’ve never read or heard highlight Cleveland’s amazing history during the years 1875–1929 on Millionaires’ Row. Dan Ruminski creates a spellbinding entertainment experience - The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland's past.

Dan Ruminski creates a spellbinding entertainment experience – The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland's past - photo

Dan Ruminski creates a spellbinding entertainment experience – The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland's past.

I realized that due to this great hunger by Clevelanders for this history, I could be an influence in returning Cleveland to its former greatness by building new found pride in our city and identifying what actually made us so great.

What started as one man’s hobby and passion for Cleveland’s history has evolved into a new speaking career to promote the city, and counter the old, worn and unflattering Cleveland stereotypes. Starting off talking to Rotary Clubs, small groups, and a few posts on his business blog, word of mouth led to Dan Ruminski speaking of Cleveland’s glory days to full house audiences.

Dan Ruminski has just launched a new web site, clevelandhistorylessons.com, and speaking career with more stories of Cleveland’s past, making himself available for larger organizations and fund-raisers.

"I realized that due to this great hunger by Clevelanders for this history, I could be an influence in returning Cleveland to its former greatness by building new found pride in our city and identifying what actually made us so great”, says Dan Ruminski.

The history is not presented as a dry lecture. Dan Ruminski creates a spellbinding entertainment experience – The Storyteller in his chair, sharing unique stories of Cleveland's past. His research is based not only on published works, but also on interviews of the friends and descendants of the families of the era. This enables Ruminski to reveal dramatic details and unheard stories of when Cleveland was one of the most progressive and wealthy cities, and the home of people and inventions that changed the world. Ruminski’s new story collection includes:

  •     Millionaires’ Row--Euclid Avenue, once called the most beautiful and wealthiest street in the world according to Mark Twain.
  •     The Famous Whites of White Sewing Machine and White Motors
  •     The Great Estates of Wickliffe--Millionaires’ Mile
  •     The Francis Drury Story, Drury Theater and The Cleveland Playhouse
  •     The John D. Rockefeller Story--Myth Verses Fact
  •     Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row & Wickliffe, Ohio’s Mysterious Cleveland connection to the movie, “The King’s Speech”

The web site lists The Storyteller’s current speaking schedule, along information on having him appear for various groups and fund-raisers. There is also additional information on Millionaires’ Row and Cleveland from 1875 – 1929.

About
The purpose of Cleveland History Lessons is to explore Cleveland's unique history with regard to the many "first's" – inventions, inventors, etc. – that led the city to national and world recognition. Using little-known, carefully researched stories, Dan Ruminski, aka The Cleveland Storyteller, creates entertaining presentations of the history, hoping to apply these lessons, and help return Cleveland to greatness.

Mr. Ruminski was a teacher and coach at Gilmour Academy before buying his floor matting products business, Martinson-Nicholls. But his passion for history remained, and he has become a recognized expert on Cleveland history. When he gave his first talk on Millionaires’ Row at library, where 40 were expected, over 100 showed up.

The Cleveland Storyteller continues to research the families and history of Northeast, Ohio, and in 2011, launched the new website and began making himself available for larger venues and fund-raisers.

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